A few quick thoughts on the NFCE: Juan Castillo’s NFC East pimp hand is strong

I'll be watching who you're watching, Mike.

– I wrote about Brandon Weeden making some sense for the Redskins a week ago.  Mike Shanahan will get a long look at him at the Senior Bowl.  The Senior Bowl QBs appear to be set.  They’ll be Kellen Moore (Boise St.), Ryan Lindley (San Diego St.), Kirk Cousins (Michigan St.), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), Nick Foles (Arizona), and Weeden, who went to Oklahoma St.  Shanahan and his staff will be coaching the South Team.  The rosters aren’t set yet, but if you’re a geography wiz like I am, it should be pretty obvious that Moore, Cousins, and Wilson will QB the North Team, while Lindley, Foles and Weeden will QB the South Team.  I’ll keep a close eye on how Weeden looks that week.

UPDATE: Potential 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill broke his foot and will not be attending the Senior Bowl, so it would appear the Senior Bowl QBs are not quite set just yet.  Maybe Houston’s Case Keenum fills in?

– After the “report” that Steve Spagnuolo was visiting Philly, the sense I got from fans of the Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys was that it would be a move they wouldn’t like… as in… they think it would improve the Eagles’ defense.  I agree that Spags would be a major upgrade over Juan Castillo, but at the same time, it’s noteworthy that the NFC East couldn’t score on Juan Castillo’s D.  The Giants put up 29 points on Philly Week 3, but after that, here’s what NFC East teams were able to muster against Castillo’s defense:

Juan's NFC East pimp hand is strong.

Week 6 (Redskins) – 13

Week 8 (Cowboys) – 7

Week 11 (Giants) – 10

Week 16 (Cowboys) – 7

Week 17 (Redskins) – 10

That’s a total of 47 points, or 9.4 PPG.  Factor in that all of Dallas’ scoring, and one of Washington’s TDs all came in garbage time, and we’re down to 26 meaningful points.  Juan must stay!  (Just kidding)

– Gotta love Charles Woodson.  Rare Heisman Trophy winner as a defensive player, a whole slew of other awards in college, Mr. Football in Ohio as a high school kid, National Championship at Michigan, NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, 8 trips to the Pro Bowl, 7-time All-Pro, 1-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year in ’09, All NFL 2000’s team, 54 career interceptions, 28 career forced fumbles, led the league in picks twice, 12 TDs, oh, and he has… you know… a ring.  He’s basically been a star football player his entire life.  Really, being a star football player is the only life he’s ever known.

And what does he do when he gets beat on a ridiculous one-handed catch by Hakeem Nicks for a TD?  He gives him a fist bump.  That’s something that only a guy like Charles Woodson can do.  Imagine if… hmmm, who’s the best example here?  OK, imagine if Mike Jenkins fist bumped a receiver after being beat.  Fans and media would demolish him.



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  21. Steve says:

    I’m surprised Mike Jenkins hasn’t fist bumped someone yet after they score on him. He seems to want them to be in the end zone anyhow.

  22. Immynimmy says:

    I like and respect Woodson too, but remember he did punch someone during the first Lions Packers game this season.

  23. giants fan says:

    I personally hope spags stays out of the NFCE as a defensive coordinator. The eagles have a very fast defense and I can only imagine how quickly spags/johnson style blitzes would get to the qb, especially when the opposing team has to worry about cole and babin coming from the edge. Furthermore, with that explosive offense, the D can take more risks with the knowledge that the team is going to put up points. Really a scary thought.

  24. DerfDiggy says:

    “The Giants put up 29 points on Philly Week 3, but after that….”

    Hahaha, I don’t know why this is so funny to me..It’s right…but is that what you want to hang your hat on?

    Buffalo hung 31.
    Chicago 30.
    New Englad 38.
    Seattle 31.

    The Eagles man handled the Cowboys this season, you’ll get no argument from me whatsoever there….but in both games the games were pretty much finished when they started. Demarco had what? 70+ yards on a few carries.

    Romo was injured in the 2nd game.

    Juan improved….or the players started to understand the defense better and thus played better…I don’t know….but I welcome Juan continuing to be DC in Philadelphia. Keep Spags out of the NFC East!!!!

    1. No hat-hanging. Just an observation. And I don’t really have a larger point.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        Ahhh…well yea. A valid observation indeed.

        Cowboys were freaking 2-4 in the NFC east, that’s disgusting. Changes need to be made….

    2. bdawk4ever says:

      NE has Brady- plenty of teams get hung on that. For a first time DC, its not surprising.
      The Eagles had 5 TOs in Buffalo- which lead to 17 points.
      Chicago was disappointing, but that does happen.
      And Seattle was on a very short week, traveling across the country (after already playing the Patriots).

      He really isn’t as bad as you think.

      1. RogerPodacter says:

        let’s not forget about vince young…..oh god….

      2. DerfDiggy says:

        Well, I hope the Eagles front office and fans continue to support Juan as the DC….


      3. Tracer Bullet says:

        His defense blew five, FIVE, fourth quarter leads. He’s terrible.

    3. PierreC says:

      I hope you know why Romo was not playing in the 2nd game. Juan’s defence knocked him out of the game. He was playing and he might have played the whole game if he hadn’t been injured.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        Might have. We’ll never knnnnoooww…

  25. romu says:

    And it’s a TD to get within a score midway through the 3QT, not some BS garbage time TD.

    1. Incorrect. Cowboys were down 34-0 when they scored, and it was in the 4th.

      (Assuming you’re talking about the first Eagles-Cowboys matchup, that is.)

      1. Mikesta says:

        Lol he’s talking about Hakeem’s TD

        1. Ha, yeah, maybe. Either that one or the Roy Helu screen pass TD Week 17. Either way, those aren’t any of the garbage time scores to which I’m referring.

      2. JimmyY says:

        2nd Cowboys eagles game irreverent No Romo, Cowboys playing for nothing. Your so biased its ridiculous. I used to respect you as a writer but honestly you flagrant any Dallas bias is disgusting.

        1st game the cowboys were embarrassed 2nd game against Steven McGee what a proud victory you had.

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